Last week the Daily Globe welcomed Conrad Easterday to the newsroom to fill the position of general manager, with an emphasis on news coverage.
"I'm excited about this new opportunity," Easterday said. "It will be a challenge, but I look forward to it."
Before accepting this position. Easterday supervised the Pratt Tribune, as well the Kiowa County Signal and the St. John News. For the time being, he will divide his time between Pratt and Dodge, until a replacement for his position in Pratt can be found. At that time, he will continue to work with Pratt, but focus his time here in Dodge.
"For Conrad, it is a great move," said Randy Mitchell, publisher for a group of GateHouse Kansas newspapers that includes the Globe. "He brings a great news asset, as well, with his 20 plus years of experience."
Easterday is no stranger to the Dodge City area though, he grew up in Meade and spent plenty of time in Dodge when he was young.
"I'm very familiar with many of the more notable locations in Dodge City like Boothill and Village Square, but I'm looking forward to learning more about the area as I spend more time here."
Easterday graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in journalism and worked for the Goodland Daily News and Colby Free Press before becoming the managing editor of the Pratt Tribune. He spent 22 years in that position before being placed in charge of the newspaper about two years ago.
Even though his background is in news, Easterday says he is familiar with all aspects of a newspaper thanks to his years as a managing editor and general manager, though he admits he still has more to learn.
"I'm looking forward to the challenge," said Easterday. "But I think we have a great staff here, and I'm really excited about working with all of them. It's a good group of people."